Shoreditch once used to be one of the most popular places in London. It was famous for its theatres, fashion, and entertainment. Although it lost its glory somewhere after the mid-19th century, it has gained back all its splendour and pride in the past few years. With the opening of many multi-national IT firms’ offices, the entire neighbourhood has come alive to its old, stylish, and entertaining self. Today, Shoreditch is considered among the best places to stay, especially for those on a business trip!
Shoreditch is an exciting place to live, as the contrast between the traditional formal financial sector of the city and the small creative businesses of East London give the area a great sense of diversity when it comes to eating, drinking and going out. Slick city bars are situated next to pop-up burrito shops, Michelin-starred restaurants just minutes from the bustling curry houses of Brick Lane, and small winding streets of Victorian terraces are shadowed by amazing modern skyscrapers. There’s an invisible line drawn between the two somewhere near Box Park, a collection of shipping containers filled with small shops and cafes, but you’re as likely to find yourself with neighbours working for Deutsche Bank as a freelance graphic designer.
No visit to Shoreditch would be complete without sampling the area’s legendary nightlife, so wrap up your day with a casual pint among locals at shabby-chic pub Commercial Tavern before donning your trendiest duds and going glam at sexy chateau-style lounge Beach Blanket Babylon or plush baroque hotspot Lounge lover. A couple of stylish cocktails and some smart repartee with the creative types who populate these joints should leave you more than convinced that this is the place to be if you’re a hip, young mover-and-shaker.
This location is convenient for anyone who is working in central London who would prefer not to spend a lot of time commuting long distances. Liverpoot Street station, on the Central line, is no more than 5-10 min walk – there are also several bus stations giving rise to excellent transport links with the rest of London. Shoreditch High Street station, on the Overground will easily get you back and forth from Central London. Buses such as 8, 205, 48, 242 go through out London as well as night buses such as N8, N55 and N205.
On the weekend and throughout the week, there are various restaurants in and around Shoreditch, from Thai food to Caribbean. There is also a wide range of clothing shops such as Carhaart, Urban Excess and APC to name a few. In terms of groceries there is are 3 Tesco Express’ all within 10-15 mins walk from Shoreditch High Street station. Closer to this there are local fresh fruit and vegetable stores within 5 minutes if not less from Shoreditch High Street station.